Sri Lanka

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Lush green jungles, diverse flora and fauna, world-class surfing and stunning beaches. Experience all of this and much more in Sri Lanka, a destination worth a visit.

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Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee

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Capital

Colombo

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Language

Sinhala, Tamil

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Best time to visit Sri Lanka

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Dry season: December – March in South and West, May – August in North and East

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Rainy season: December – March in North and East, May – August in South and West

The best time to visit any part of Sri Lanka is during the shoulder seasons in April and September / October. The weather is mostly dry and sunny, with occasional downpours.

Dry season

When planning to visit Weligama, Ella, or Mirissa, the best period is between December and March. These months are also best for animal spotting. It’s the best time for beach bumming and surfing.

The North and East experience the Maha monsoon at this time. The dry season comes here between May and August. It’s the best time to visit Jaffna and Arugam Bay.

Rainy season

Between May and August, the South and West are hit by the Yala monsoon. Expect lots of rainy and uncalm seas. North and East Sri Lanka have a rainy season between December and March.

Best places to visit in Sri Lanka

Little Adam’s Peak hike in Ella

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Visiting Secret Beach Mirissa

Interesting facts about Sri Lanka

Tea

Tea is an essential product in Sri Lanka. One million people work in this industry. Sri Lanka is one of the biggest tea exporters in the world.

You should certainly not skip a tea factory visit. If you’re a tea lover, you will love Sri Lanka!

Ceylon cinnamon

Did you know that cinnamon originates from Sri Lanka? This teardrop island is actually the biggest cinnamon producer in the world! Almost 80% – 90% of all cinnamon comes from Sri Lanka.

Additionally, Sri Lanka has some of the best quality cinnamon in the world. Today, this spice is widely used not only in the kitchen but also in cosmetics and embalming processes.

Know before you go

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Plug type

In Sri Lanka, you can use two plug types, types D and G. Plug type D has three round pins in a triangular pattern, and plug type G has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.

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Time zone

Sri Lanka uses GMT +5:30h time zone.

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Visa

Most tourists traveling to Sri Lanka need to obtain a tourist visa. For speed and efficiency, we recommend getting an online visa.

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Best phone operators

The most common phone operators are Dialog and Airtel. You can buy a SIM card at the airport.

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Tipping

Tipping is expected everywhere in Sri Lanka at about 10-15%. Many restaurants charge around 10% service charge as well.

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